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Carolina Cobras To Hold Public Tryouts

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Do you think you've got what it takes toplay professional football? Now is your chance. Lace up your cleats and getready for the workout of your life.

The Carolina Cobras, the Raleigh-basedteam in the 16-year old Arena Football League, will hold open tryouts onSaturday, January 12 at the club's training facility on the NC StateFairgrounds. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with testing for kickersstarting at 9 a.m. All other positions will begin testing at 10 a.m.

Participants will be tested in the 40-yard dash, vertical jump, 20-yardshort shuttle run and individual position drills. Tryouts will take placeindoors at Dorton Arena. Players are required to bring their own shoes(turf and/or tennis shoes are recommended), shorts and accessories.

"This gives us an opportunity to take a look at some of the local talent,"Cobras head Coach Mike Neu said. "This area of the country is full ofhigh-caliber football players and you never know what you are going to find.Hopefully we can find a diamond in the rough."

Pre-registration is $40 and includes registration fee, workout shirt andlunch. Pre-registration fees may be paid in cash, check or money order. Topre-register, log on to www.cobrasfootball.com and download the registrationforms. Registration fee the day of the event is $50 (cash or money orderonly).

Training camp is set to kickoff on March 24. Carolina opens the preseasonon Friday, March 29 with a visit to the San Jose SaberCats. The Cobrasconclude their preseason slate on Saturday, April 6, 7 p.m. with a home gameagainst the Chicago Rush at the Entertainment and Sports Arena. Carolinaopens the 2002 regular season against the expansion Dallas Desperados onSaturday, April 20, 7 p.m. at the ESA.